The 9 best air conditioners to buy in 2018 electricity 2pm live


Frigidaire is a giant in the world of window air conditioners, and the Frigidaire FFRE1033Q1 is a good pick for anyone who needs to cool a medium-size room, reviewers say. This 10,000-BTU unit is recommended for rooms up to 450 square feet, and it gets solid marks for effective cooling and ease of use.

The FFRE1033Q1 features eight-way air deflection, a temperature-sensing remote control, a low-power energy-saving start, and a programmable 24-hour timer. It also has a clean-air ionizer, a feature … MORE sure to please allergy sufferers. While you would expect an AC this powerful to be loud, it gets solid expert marks for noise, particularly on low fan speeds. Owners offer mixed reviews: Some say it’s noisier than they would like, while others aren’t bothered.

Like most window air conditioners, the FFRE1033Q1 is white and boxy with expandable side panels that allow it to fit windows up to 36 inches wide. The air conditioner itself is about 21.5 by 19 by 14.5 inches. It comes with a limited one-year warranty that extends to five years for the sealed system.

If you have a smaller space to cool and a smaller budget to work with, the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 is a simple air conditioner for any room up to 150 square feet making it a good pick for home offices. This 5,000 BTU unit gets experts’ top marks for effectiveness and solid marks for noise, but it costs a lot less than most other window units.

The FFRA0511R1 doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but many reviewers actually like the simplicity. It has seven temperature settings, two fan settings … MORE and two cool settings that can be controlled with dual dials on the unit. There isn’t a remote, timer, or digital thermostat, but reviewers don’t mind, saying it keeps them cool and that’s what matters. They say noise is average for a window air conditioner, but it might not be the best pick for a bedroom for those who don’t want a good amount of white noise.

At just 15 by 16 by 12 inches, the white FFRA0511R1 lives up to its billing of “mini,” but users can install side panels to fit windows up to 36 inches wide. It comes with a one-year warranty that extends up to five years for the sealed system. The only drawback is that it isn’t Energy Star-rated.

Smart air conditioners have been slower to take off than other Wi-Fi-connected home appliances, but owners say the Frigidaire FGRC0844S1 Cool Connect is worth the upgrade. This 8,000 BTU unit is best for medium-size rooms up to 350 square feet.

The Energy Star-certified Cool Connect’s biggest draw is its Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows iPhone or Android users to fully schedule and operate the air conditioner from anywhere. Most owners say this feature is simple to set up, and the app is easy to … MORE use — it even integrates with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. If you don’t carry your phone around your home, the Cool Connect also comes with a remote control. There are three fan and cooling speeds, an energy-saving sleep mode, and a built-in ionizer that cleans the air. Noise gets mixed reviews from owners.

The Cool Connect is a lot sleeker than a typical window air conditioner, with a clean white front and a sleek mesh grill that design-conscious buyers appreciate. It’s also relatively compact at roughly 18.5 by 16 by 13.5 inches. It has a limited one-year warranty that extends to five years for the sealed system.

Split system air conditioners are different from standard window units because they have two main parts — a ductless indoor unit and an outdoor unit. This type of air conditioner is typically more expensive than window-mounted units, but the benefit is that you don’t have a cumbersome device in your window all summer.

The Mini Split System Air Conditioner & Heat Pump from Pioneer is a highly-rated split system air conditioner with a cooling and heating capacity of 12,000 BTU, meaning it can … MORE cool a larger room with ease. It uses a minimal amount of electricity, and both its indoor and outdoor fans are extremely quiet. The indoor section has a sleek modern design, including a dimmable LED display, and it can be mounted on the wall to where needed.

The unit comes with a wireless remote control, as well as all the equipment needed to install it, including copper tubing, drain line extension and more. However, reviewers note that installation is pretty complicated, and if you’re not familiar with HVAC processes, you might be better off paying for professional installation.